Ben Hobday secured his first national title when he led the prestigious Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship from start to finish with Jane Chambers' and his own rising star Shadow Man II.
A dressage score of 27.3 left the pair at the head of the pack from the outset. They maintained this position throughout with a foot-perfect clear in the showjumping followed by an economical trip across country for just 6.8 time penalties.
“A lot of the riders were quite shocked when they heard I was in the lead,” joked Ben, who has been having help from dressage riders Matt Frost and Jess Dunn. “The test was everything I hoped it would be; he kept his concentration and I could ride him bravely forward.”
William Fox-Pitt, so often a winner of this class, had to settle for second place this time with Catherine Witt’s classy-looking The Graduate.
Hayden Hankey and You've Got The Lux posted the fastest round of the section for 3.6 time penalties and eventual third place.
Article Source: British Eventing News
Image courtesy Ben Hobday.com
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